How to resolve AutoCAD® 2008 error 1606. couldn't access network location. Autodesk\AutoCAD 2008\R17.1\enu\

Installing AutoCad 2008 I got this msg. My registry key in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders  has value %USERPROFILE% as it suggested by Autodesk. Still same msg i.e "Error 1606. couldn't access network location.
Autodesk\AutoCAD 2008\R17.1\enu\ "    is persist. Any idea what is wrong

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Last updated March 17, 2019 Views 3,652 Applies to:

Hi Mikiin,

Thank you for posting your question in Microsoft community!

From the issue description, I understand that you are not able to install Autocad 2008 you are getting Error 1606. couldn't access network location. I will be glad to assist you on this issue.

This behavior can occur if there is an incorrect registry setting. Let us try the following Methods.

Method 1:
Troubleshoot problems installing and uninstalling programs on Windows-based computers

Method 2: I would suggest you to try the following steps.

a. Click Start, and then click Run.

b. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

c. Locate and then click the following registry key:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders


d. In the right pane of Registry Editor, double-click Common Administrative Tools.

e. In the Value data box , type the following line, and then click OK:

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools


f. On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.

g. Restart the computer.

Note: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article: 
Back up the registry in Windows 7

After you try the above steps suggested, reply us with the results. If you are able to fix the issue related to installing AutoCAD or do let us know the results for further troubleshooting.

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